Portugal: August 9-23, 2025
|** Does not include international travel days **
Ahh… Portugal. Consistently voted one of the top destinations to visit in the world, Portugal and her archipelagos have so much to offer. We could never fit all of her wonders into one visit, but we’ve planned a trip that encompasses the best of both worlds - above and underwater. On this trip of a lifetime, you’ll experience some incredible, unique diving on the mainland, in Madeira, and in the Azores. You’ll also spend some time in Lisbon - a city rich with culture, history, and friendly locals. Sign up today! We expect this trip to fill fast!
1-4: Lisbon: We will start our trip in Lisbon - an 800-year-old
city known for its history, orange rooftops, and grilled sardines! Our hotel
is centrally-located so you can easily explore this surprisingly-walkable
city. On your first day, we’ll have a walking tour with an experienced guide
who will show us parts of the historic Alfama neighborhood as well as parts
of the Baixa neighborhood. This tour is a wonderful way to learn about the
city and get your footing (literally) so that you’ll feel more comfortable
exploring on your own if you so choose. Our second full day in Lisbon,
divers will travel about 30 minutes south to Sesimbra for 2 dives. This is a
free day for non divers (you are welcome to join the divers down to Sesimbra
if you so choose).
Days 5-10: Azores: Our next stop on this trip will be São
Miguel island - the biggest island of the Azores archipelago. Made up of 9
main islands, the Azores archipelago sits practically in the middle of the
Atlantic ocean. In effect, the Azores are made up of an underwater mountain
range. We’ll make home base in Ponta Delgada, the capital of São Miguel. The
first day is free for you to rest up, explore on your own, or take an
optional west-side tour.
Optional west-side tour… The day begins with visiting the traditional pineapple plantation, a biological culture developed in greenhouses. Here, you’ll taste pineapple liqueur.The journey continues on the island’s west coast, where it is possible to enjoy the view over the newest and narrowest part of São Miguel and both coasts from the Pico de Carvão's viewpoint. Then, on the crater, we’ll view the striking Santiago lake, and stop in the picturesque Sete Cidades town where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. After that, we will visit Caldeira Velha, a Protected Nature Reserve. Our last stop will be looking over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo.
The next 4 days in the Azores will be dedicated to diving. Diving in the Azores is your opportunity to experience the most pristine waters in the Atlantic. One possible dive site is called “Dori” - a shipwreck situated at roughly 65ft where several species have made home. You can expect to see morays, octopus, nudibranchs, barracudas, and amberjacks. Another possible site called “Arcos da Caloura,” sits at roughly 50ft and features a cave where you might find some resident groupers, nudibranchs, and small fish species such as; pufferfish, kingfish, plaice, salemas, and yellow damselfish. Weather-dependent, we will also plan to do at least one day of off-shore diving in an effort to see more of the large, migratory pelagic species -although it is certainly possible to spot these closer to shore as well.
On our last day in the Azores, we’ll do an East-side tour. First, we’ll visit the famous Queijadas da Vila factory where we’ll taste the traditional pastry. Followed by a demonstration in a picturesque lagoon, we’ll observe “Cozido à Portuguesa,” a traditional cooking method which takes place in the ground, and savor a delicious lunch. Next, we’ll stop at Pico do Ferro, a viewpoint over the crater that surrounds the Furnas valley and end our tour at a tea plantation where we’ll soak in more unmatched views and sip tea.
11-15: Madeira: Our last destination on this trip is the Madeira
islands. Madeira island is covered in rugged terrain with valleys and
mountains extending all the way up to Pico Ruivo sitting at 1,862 meters.
Madeira is unlike any other island; with its lush vegetation, crystal blue
waters, and incomparable views, she is sure to capture your heart! We’ll
stay on the main island of Madeira in its capital city of Funchal. Our first
day is, once again, free for you to rest up, explore on your own, or take an
optional tour to Porto Moniz.
|Not included in the package:
|Please note the following:
|Dates: August 9-23, 2025
|** Does not include international travel days. **
|Trip Cost: (double occupancy)
*All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.
Reservations / Deposit Information:
|Registration: An application for this trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may pick up a trip application at either store or print out our Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in person with a $500 non-refundable deposit per person.
|For more information, contact our Travel Department.